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I am looking to upgrade my stock intel cooler, I am having a hard time trying to figure out what will fit on my ASUS P8H77-i m-itx board. I have looked at the following:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118127
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185174

I am not sure its really worth spending $50, I am unsure how much better these would be over the stock intel cooler. The stock cooler keeps things at a ceiling of about 80C right now while gaming. I would like to bring that down but I keep thinking for the cost of either cooler I'm only a few bucks under buying something like an H60.

Are there any other low profile coolers out there that will outperform the stock intel cooler, and fit my MOBO at a more reasonable price??
    
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Neither of those will fit on that board if you have a discrete GPU.

What height are we talking about?
     
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Case is a Cooler Master Elite 120, height is restricted to 65mm
    
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I have been really happy with a prolimatech samuel 17. I have mine on a i3-540 at 3.84ghz and it keeps it below 60C always.
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Yeah that's a good cooler.
Prolimatech Samuel 17
Silverstone NT07-1156
Pretty sure the Scythe Shuriken (Not big shuriken) fits.
Evercool HPL-815
Scythe Kozuti
Thermolab Nano Silencer TLI-U

Those all fit on your mobo and inside your case.

Another piece of useful information would be how you have your airflow laid out. There is the front 120 and the side 80. I assume those are both intake. Then the psu could either be exhaust or in its own pocket.
     
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Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO
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Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO
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The 212 EVO is not low profile in anyway.
     
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I have 2 120mm intake on the front, one in the stock location and another behind the HDD Cage, I also replaced the 80mm with another 120mm intake in the same position. Lastly I went with the silverstone sfx PSU so I could fit another 120mm exhausting out the top. I have been toying with the idea of losing the HDD cage to install an H60 or similar, but it seems like overkill considering my CPU overclockable.

Armour I will take a look at your suggestions. How the hell am I supposed to know what will and won't fit my mobo aside from someone else's personal experience??
    
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If there is a fan exhausting out the top I'm going to assume you have the PSU sucking air from the bottom? It's fighting with the cooler. Try remove the top 120 and flipping the PSU to suck air from the top. See what that does for temps.

I don't have tons of personal experience (can only physically confirm the HPL-815). I just read A LOT of articles and other people's experiences.

I'd go with an H60 or H80 though. Sure it is overkill but it keeps things much cooler and is sort of easier to deal with. Although if you are just sticking with stock speeds, anything will work really. The NT07 is the closest to a normal stock cooler. It accomplishes the same cooling at a much quieter level and is smaller than the stock cooler. The HPL can be a little loud with the stock fan so it's good to change that out. It's an 80mm for reference.
Edited by armourcore9brker - 9/16/12 at 12:47pm
     
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